February 27th.

Leviticus 1-2 / Psalm 103 / 1 Corinthians 11

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Any grain offering that you bring forward to the LORD shall not be made leavened.
You shall not leave out the salt of the covenant of your God from your grain offering.

If the terms of the new covenant are written by the spirit on our heart, then it will be a good idea when we think about the actual terms of the covenant for us in the present time and circumstance for each of us. What kinds of things have been and are being written, by the spirit, on our heart—in real terms, about which we can say, "Yes, I know that about the Father and what He desires from me as my part of the fulfillment of the covenant." When we start to integrate these things into our way of everyday thinking—how we value circumstances, and what actually gives us satisfaction and fulfillment—then we're being cooperative with the Teacher in his effort to teach us the new way and abandon the old, which is the super-macro terms of the covenant of God with His Son, of the Son with his bride.

As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.

These are the things that we are quite miraculously being shown, over the last little while, as part of our new learning toward being transformed. It is as though at one certain point, only when things were ready, we were grabbed by the Lord and turned another way than the way we had been walking for forty years, like the image on the home page of the angel turning the whale around from where it was going, to where it's supposed to go according to God. At first we were ignorant about what anything meant, and tried to assign all kinds of misguided meaning to what we thought was happening, because we needed to find and have the animal agreement of being in control by knowing and being able to approve of where we were going.

But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him,
with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.

But it just kept happening, according to our willingness to be conformed to this other way of the son instead of the animal; and we kept learning what was different than what we assumed because we had no idea—we just wanted to keep finding that agreement for our selves in the mode we were still in, of the animal that needs to always feel that they are finding it for themselves, and can keep it. Then we learned to sort of calmed down a bit, and are calming down, learning to listen to the voice which keeps guiding us along this new way we've started going, and away from the way of chaos and ignorance. As we slowly move along we see that our teacher hasn't left us; on the contrary he has been patiently faithful to keep teaching and correcting, and we know that it is a thing we can say is growing, moving along and becoming more clear.

If we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.

Maybe the most important thing we have been shown, fundamental to everything else, is the condition the humans are under because of the curse of being bound to the animal nature and consciousness, which was "put on" man by God, as per the record in Gen 3, when everything changed for the humans into what they then became and now are. It explains the source and reason that there is so much fear in the world between them; and why people act very much like wild animals in their common predisposition and unstoppable urge to survive by getting and hiding at the same time; and all the selfish pain that comes with that as each of the animals constantly does it in many different ways. None of this understanding is meant for us to feel glad that we are not like that. If anything we are merely now a little bit aware of what we actually are and how just a short time ago that was 100% our identity to forever remain because of our ignorance. As we grow it is being removed, but it is still very much there.

If we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.

The human animal instinctively is against judging itself because it naturally feels that it is inherently good, so there is no reason that it should be judged. The way it keeps finding its agreement about its inherent goodness is by identifying the badness in other animals, which sets up the contrast that makes it feel the agreement about its own goodness.

No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.

The old way must be abandoned and the new chosen and embraced, but it's not all just a matter of talking. Indeed, the speaking of words cannot convey what the message actually is, because it transcends what the animals are used to perceiving. We can see the dichotomy of ignorance which existed in us before when it was hidden; and the gradual awareness we're gaining now as it's being revealed to us. At first we were able to see how the animal nature in various other people caused certain undesirable consequences in relation to God. However, one of the most influential vehicles for effecting a knowledge of it has been the identification of that nature, via the spirit's teaching; in our selves, about our selves. Showing us how it works by pointing out the closest definition and clearest example we could understand—that which we are compelled to do and which pulls on us relentlessly to be that way, to satisfy ourselves and say no to the Lord—is the best teacher because it allows for the making of a clean heart before God, honestly humble. Criticism of the self is the last thing the animal wants to embrace, because of its condition of being in love with itself on such a deep and impenetrable level, which is why it can never actually love God, which is why the humans in their native state are inherently evil (yes, even us) according to God—not good as they like to assume.

I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, just as I passed them on to you.

The ubiquity and power of the animal nature in us is an important knowledge to retain because it will help us realize that there actually is nothing good within us, which breaks down our blind love for it and the need to always protect it from being found out, which is the shame and hiding. It is always needing to protect itself from feeling bad or helpless, always thinking there must be something so great about ourselves, and desperately needing to protect that greatness; because what it really knows about itself is what it doesn't want to admit which is shameful to it, so it naturally hides without even thinking how or why (instinctual). Seeing this animal nature in us, admitting to its total control over us, understanding that it is the thing that makes us unclean before God—unable to fulfill any requirements to God, or be at all good—is an honest, fundamental step by which we start seeing our selves as we truly are, instead of the way we naturally want to remain—as wild animals who want to survive and hide so we're not found out. Also, we see that that nature is what keeps us from being brought near to God to be His instead of one of the billions of common animals running about, living out their animal lives.

An understanding about our identity under the covenant is also important in our being able to conform to it. The good son and faithful bride are copies from the earthly existence and way of man. The adjectives "good" and "faithful" before each helps us see what they look like in the world, and so what the Lord wants from us—the disposition he is gradually putting in us, which is replacing that animal nature that can only make is good and faithful toward our selves (not the Father, nor the Son, nor our true brothers). We have been able to see that the animal consciousness in all the humans makes it completely impossible for them to even enter in to the covenant, nevertheless fulfill it, and it is the plan of God for it to be that way.

How can a man enter in to a covenant in which it is specified that this animal nature must be purged out of the man if he cannot even recognize and admit its existence in him, the very thing that makes him unclean and unable to have faith and please God? He can only embrace the lies of the religious leaders who say that one can just make up a covenant and its terms, along with its participants, if one desires it—just as long as one "bases" it on the preserved words. But if the meaning and purpose of those words have not been disclosed, there is no way to base anything on them because they remain a mystery. How can the rules upon which a human institution are founded, and upon which it's supposed to function, be based on what cannot be known?

If a man wants to know the truth about the real God—not the made up human gods that all the human religious institutions are built around—he has to wait for the real God to choose and come to him, believing that it must happen that way. God is not taken by force, or controlled by the conspiracy of consensus. The human religious institutions are just clubs that one can become and remain a member of by conforming to that club's requirements, or rules. If not, one will be pushed out of the club one way or another—in the name of the gods, of course. It's the Father's desire that none of His true sons conform to the desire of any human, or any of their institutions, but only to Him. That is what the head of the sons did, and he is the model and example for the rest of them.

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: 'No servant is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.

Remember that the humans who hated Jesus most were the ones who thought they were right with their made up god because of their conformity to what the religious system had deteriorated into. As then, so now too.

They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates me hates my Father as well. If I had not done among them what no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: 'They hated me without reason.'

The teaching is about learning how to take on and be given the new identity of the good son who is responsible to the Father, who is a pleasure not a burden to Him; and the faithful bride who is devoted to her husband and has lost her identity to him and taken on his, as he was in his human body. What that means for us individually is that the old nature, the old man, the flesh, the devil, that old animal identity, the way of all the humans; is slowly removed and replaced with the new identity, of the firstborn son.

Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.
"My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.

Our responsibility in the covenant is to see, recognize, listen, understand the silent voice who speaks to teach us the way; and to deny, avoid, disbelieve, question that which is easiest to obey and assimilate into our selves, the voice that continually lies to us about what is good and what is evil. Our desire should be to know only the good, that which pleases our good Father and our faithful husband.

I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

 

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